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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Byrne family thanks hundreds who supported memorial walk

fintan lambe

Published 23/08/2014 | 00:00

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Some of the more than 250 people who took part in the 5k walk and run in Camolin in memory of the late Donal Byrne

OVER 250 runners, walkers, babies in buggies, children on scooters, and even dogs on leads, took to the roads for the Donal Byrne Memorial Walk in Camolin.

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Many fond memories and stories were shared on the evening about Donal, who sadly passed away at the age of 42 on August 30, 2013. Donal's wife Eileen, and their children Michael, Sharon, and Steven, were deeply appreciative to all who turned out to support the event.

The 5 km walk and run along the Limerick Road to Boley and back, concluded with refreshments in Jack's Tavern. People of all ages, including many of Donal's extended family and friends took part.

'There was an unbelievable turnout,' said Eileen. 'We were so delighted to see such a huge response, and money is still coming in. We hope to have done very well for the charity Console, that has helped us through the last tough eleven months.' She thanked all who have supported her and the children over the past year.

'It was a lovely way to remember him,' she added. 'People shared so many stories about him.'

Donal grew up in Camolin, and ran his own business, Donal Byrne PVC, so he was very well known both in the local community and further afield. He was also a member of the Camolin GPA, and one of his former clubmates, John 'Racker' Doyle, completed the 5 km on crutches.

A huge thank you was sent to all who attended and supported the event, including the community in Camolin, the businesses, the stewards, and all who helped make it a success.

The proceeds of the event will be presented to Console during Donal's first anniversary Mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Camolin, on Friday, August 29, at 7.30 p.m.

Gorey Guardian

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